Lê Công Vinh
Cong Vinh playing for Song Lam Nghe An F.C.
|Date of birth||10 December 1985|
|Place of birth||Quỳnh Lưu, Nghệ An, Vietnam|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Song Lam Nghe An F.C.|
|1998–2004||Song Lam Nghe An F.C.|
|2004–2008||Sông Lam Nghệ An||61||(49)|
|2008–2012||Hà Nội T&T||40||(25)|
|2009||→ Leixões (loan)||2||(0)|
|2012–2013||Hà Nội FC||23||(11)|
|2013–||Sông Lam Nghệ An||34||(22)|
|2013||→ Consadole Sapporo (loan)||9||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 01, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sông Lam Nghệ An
Born in Nghệ An, Vinh is well known Vietnamese footballer. Vinh alongside with Phạm Văn Quyến are widely considered the two best strikers that Sông Lam Nghệ An has ever produced. He is currently SLNA's all-time top goal scorer
Hà Nội T&T
In 2008, after a well-documented transfer saga, Vinh turned down Thể Công at the last minute to accept a more lucrative offer from T&T Hà Nội; it was the highest transfer fee in Vietnamese football at the time.
At the beginning of August 2009, T&T announced that Vinh would be joining Leixões Sport Club of Portugal in a three-month loan deal, starting 1 September 2009. The deal was facilitated by Henrique Calisto, who was once Leixões' manager.
On 24 August 2009, Vinh officially signed with Leixões and was given the number 29 shirt. Two days later, in a friendly match against Padroense FC, he scored his first goal for the club, as a substitute, in the 89th minute to secure a 2–0 win. He was included in the 18-man squad for the match against defending champions F.C. Porto on 12 September, but did not make the field in an eventual 1–4 loss. His first-team debut came on 4 October, in a league contest against União de Leiria, making him the first ever Vietnamese footballer to play in a professional European league; he played the entire ninety minutes in an eventual 3–2 home win, despite trailing for most of the game.
Hà Nội FC
Le Cong Vinh made the move from T&T to its city rivals Hà Nội FC in September 2011. Vinh was set to sign a three-year extension with T&T but decided to move to ACB after the controversial 2011 V-League season and the set up at ACB.
Sông Lam Nghệ An
After Hà Nội FC was dissolved following the 2012 season, Công Vinh began the long process of finding a new club. After turning down trial offers from Sriwijaya of the Indonesia Super League and Consadole Sapporo of the J. League Division 2, he settled with a one-year loan move back to Sông Lam Nghệ An.
After failed negotiations earlier in the 2013 V.League 1 season, Le Cong Vinh announced he would join J. League Division 2 side Consadole Sapporo on loan on 22 July 2013. His time with Consadole is scheduled to last five months from August 2013 through 1 January 2014. However, he decided to return Vietnam one month earlier than expected because Consadole Sapporo could not go to the play-off match.
In the first group match of the 2007 Asian Cup, Vinh scored the second goal for Vietnam to secure a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates; the nation eventually reached the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champions Iraq.
After a quiet and much criticized performance in the group stage in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, Vinh came through in the elimination stage. He set up the only goal in a 1–0 upset of defending champions Singapore. In the first leg of the final, Vinh scored the second to give Vietnam a victory against Thailand in Bangkok.
- Scores and results list Vietnam's goal tally first.
|1.||20 August 2004||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Myanmar||1–0||5–0||2004 LG Cup|
|2.||20 August 2004||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Myanmar||5–0||5–0||2004 LG Cup|
|3.||24 August 2004||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||India||1–0||2–1||2004 LG Cup|
|4.||9 December 2004||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Cambodia||3–1||9–1||2004 Tiger Cup|
|5.||9 December 2004||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Cambodia||8–1||9–1||2004 Tiger Cup|
|6.||9 December 2004||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Cambodia||9–1||9–1||2004 Tiger Cup|
|7.||15 December 2004||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||Laos||1–0||3–0||2004 Tiger Cup|
|8.||26 December 2006||Bangkok, Suphachalasai Stadium||Kazakhstan||2–1||2–1||2006 King's Cup|
|9.||28 December 2006||Bangkok, Suphachalasai Stadium||Singapore||3–2||3–2||2006 King's Cup|
|10.||17 January 2007||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar||Laos||1–0||9–0||2007 ASEAN Football Championship|
|11.||17 January 2007||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar||Laos||2–0||9–0||2007 ASEAN Football Championship|
|12.||17 January 2007||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar||Laos||5–0||9–0||2007 ASEAN Football Championship|
|13.||24 June 2007||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||Jamaica||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|14.||30 June 2007||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||Bahrain||1–1||5–3||Friendly|
|15.||30 June 2007||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||Bahrain||2–1||5–3||Friendly|
|16.||8 July 2007||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||United Arab Emirates||1–0||2–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|17.||1 October 2008||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Myanmar||1–1||2–3||2008 Ho Chi Minh City International Football Cup|
|18.||1 October 2008||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Myanmar||2–3||2–3||2008 Ho Chi Minh City International Football Cup|
|19.||5 October 2008||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Turkmenistan||2–3||2–3||2008 Ho Chi Minh City International Football Cup|
|20.||24 December 2008||Bangkok, Rajamangala Stadium||Thailand||2–0||2–1||2008 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|21.||28 December 2008||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||Thailand||1–1||1–1||2008 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|22.||14 January 2009||Hanoi, My Dinh National Stadium||Lebanon||2–0||3–1||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|23.||17 January 2010||Hanoi, Vietnam||China PR||1–2||1–2||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|24.||29 June 2011||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Macau||1–0||6–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25.||29 June 2011||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Macau||2–0||6–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26.||29 June 2011||Ho Chi Minh City, Thong Nhat Stadium||Macau||3–0||6–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27.||3 July 2011||Macau, Estádio Campo Desportivo||Macau||3–0||7–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|28.||3 July 2011||Macau, Estádio Campo Desportivo||Macau||4–0||7–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|29.||3 July 2011||Macau, Estádio Campo Desportivo||Macau||5–1||7–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30.||3 July 2011||Macau, Estádio Campo Desportivo||Macau||6–1||7–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|31.||11 September 2012||Shah Alam, Shah Alam Stadium||Malaysia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|32.||2 July 2014||Binh Duong, Go Dau Stadium||Myanmar||3–0||6–0||Friendly|
|33.||2 July 2014||Binh Duong, Go Dau Stadium||Myanmar||4–0||6–0||Friendly|
|34.||2 July 2014||Binh Duong, Go Dau Stadium||Myanmar||5–0||6–0||Friendly|
|35.||6 September 2014||Hai Phong, Lach Tray Stadium||Hong Kong||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
Vinh is widely considered one of the best players in South-East Asia. He is known for his exceptionally quick first step, having played in the traditional forward as well as the second striker role.
Additionally, Vinh has stated that he idolizes Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the best wingers in modern football. His favorite approach is to attack the box from both flanks and attempt to strike or create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Vinh is widely regarded as one of the best strikers Vietnamese football has produced since Lê Huỳnh Đức, the first footballer from the country to have played professionally overseas. Only at age 23, Vinh won three Vietnamese Golden Balls (2004, 2006, 2007), the highest award given by the Vietnam Football Federation to the best footballer of the year. He and Duc are the only players who have won three.
In 2009, Vinh ranked number five on Goal.com's Top Ten Most Promising Youngsters in Asian Football. In March 2009, he was given the Vietnamese Bronze Ball 2008, also holding the record for most goals scored in a single season by a Vietnamese player in the V-League for several seasons. By May 2010, he was the top Vietnamese goal-scorer in the league's history, also ranking second in the all-time top scorers table.
- Champion ASEAN Football Championship: 2008
- Third place ASEAN Football Championship: 2007
- Champion Cup football Ho Chi Minh city: 2005; Runners-up: 2004, Third place: 2006
- Third place King's Cup: 2007
- Vietnamese Golden Ball: 2004, 2006, 2007
- Vietnamese Silver Ball: 2005
- Vietnamese Copper Ball: 2008
- Top Scorer Cup football Ho Chi Minh city: 2004
- Top Scorer Vietnamese Cup: 2004
- Most Valuable Player of Vietnam Football Federation: 2004
Rumors surfaced in early 2009 that Vinh had been dating Vietnamese singer Thuy Tien as they were spotted together on multiple occasions. During an interview before leaving Vietnam to join Leixões, Vinh revealed to the press that he and the singer are in fact a couple. This was later confirmed by Cường Đô La himself. They became engaged two years later. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter in January 2013.
- Công Vinh bất ngờ từ chối Thể Công để tới T&T Hà Nội
- Công Vinh thi đấu ở giải vô địch Bồ Đào Nha
- Vietnam's Le Cong Vinh set for loan with Portugal's Leixoes; GOAL.com, 7 August 2009
- Công Vinh được Lexoes SC xếp đá trận gặp Porto
- Soccer star Cong Vinh makes history in Portugal
- Leixoes SC vs Uniao Leiria; at WSN.com
- "Vietnam's top striker seeks job in Indonesia". english.vietnamnet.vn. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Cong Vinh invited to play football in Japan". english.vietnamnet.vn. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Striker Cong Vinh set for return to Song Lam Nghe An". Vietnamnews.vn. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Cong Vinh to join Japanese FC from August". Vietnamnet.vn. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- Cong Vinh delivers first AFF Suzuki Cup crown to Vietnam
- Rising star brightens Vietnam; FIFA.com, 9 January 2009
- Le Cong Vinh among top 10 Asian Youngsters/players to watch out for in 2009
- Lê Công Vinh trên đường chinh phục kỷ lục
- All-time top goal scorers of V-League
- Công Vinh: "Tôi và Thuy Tien là một cặp!"